Treated urea claims argued

Ravensdown chief scientific officer Ants Roberts.

Fertiliser companies square off over claims that millions can be saved by using a special stabilised urea.

Challenging conditions

Hawke's Bay farmers of the year Craig and Trish Sinclair at home at Waiwhare.

Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year judges impressed with the winning farm’s high sheep performance in a challenging environment.

Counting the carbon

Researchers Professor Louis Schipper (foreground) and Jack Pronger on the farm test site in Waikato.

Research underway on two farms aims to provide practical advice on how to to maximise soil carbon stocks.

Trying to breed the ultimate

Sheep farmer Ike Williams on his South Canterbury property.

Stud sheep breeder Ike Williams wouldn't be farming if it wasn't for the genetics.

Expansion plans revealed

Fonterra's Studholme dairy factory

Fonterra encourages locals to make submissions on its resource consent for a South Canterbury expansion.

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opinion

Council picking rates favourites

The Waipa District Council is leaning on farmers to carry an increasing burden of rates, over and above what is reasonable for the services they receive, Chris Lewis says.

OPINION: Council's 180 degree turn on rating mix that increases rates disproportionately causing angst in a rural community.

Kernels of truth in the chaff

Science is open and self-correcting, unlike the 'isms' based on faith or dogma.

Opinions welcomed at Fed Farmers

GMP not the answer for combating low payout

Fieldays

Breaking new ground video

The new lake at Mystery Creek, Hamilton. Part of the extensive earthworks being undertaken at the site.

Mystery Creek is getting a $1.5 million make-over just in time for the Fieldays.

Laugh until the cows come home

Farming community to get some much-needed light relief at National Fieldays with a 7 Days comedy special.

People pack into the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek near Hamilton.

Clever ideas to see the light of day

Kiwi ingenuity will be once again be showcased in the Innovation Centre at the New Zealand National Fieldays in June.

dairy

Fonterra unveils Studholme plans

Fonterra's Studholme dairy factory

Dairy company encourages locals to make submissions on its resource consent.

Trust optimistic ahead of funding deadline

The Southern Dairy Development Trust remains confident it will secure $2 million in pledges from the farming community before next Thursday's deadline, despite being less than halfway to their goal.

Debating farming methods are, from left, Federated Farmers national president Dr William Rolleston, Green Party MP and agriculture spokesman Steffan Browning, organic dairy farmer Bryan Clearwater (obscured) and Winchester arable farmer Michael Tayler.

Food forum generates debate

Farming representatives agreed - and clashed - on how food should be produced at a food forum in Timaru.

advice

Animal welfare workshops on their way

Dairy Women's Network's Megan Edmeades has been a driving force behind a series of workshops to guide farmers through the intricacies of new animal welfare legislation.

Farmers wanting to keep on the right side of animal welfare laws are being advised to attend Waikato workshops.

Invasive weed spreads

Warm temperatures this summer have contributed to the spread of an invasive weed throughout Taranaki.

With the change of season come increased safety risks for farmers, say government and industry prepresentatives.

Seasonal safety in sights

Farm health and safety concerns highlighted as seasonal risk increases.

aquaculture

Growing a good idea

Georgia Lala, 17, with her Root Aquaponics system.

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

Hours cut at Havelock mussel plant

The night shift at a Havelock mussel factory has been cut due to diminished mussel crops.

Fish and Chips

Fish and chips may be at risk

Could the "fish" in fish and chips soon be off the menu thanks to global warming?

beef

Cattle judges brush up skills at RAS seminar

Lowline heifers wait their turn in the judging ring at the Royal Agricultural Society's judges seminar.

Cattle judges leap at the chance to brush up their skills at a recent RAS beef judging seminar.

Thin cattle not suffering - MPI

Investigation into thin cattle on a Cook Strait ferry reveals no evidence of animal harm.

Mid Canterbury hereford breeder David Morrow of Okawa Stud.

Where the best bulls come from

The best bulls come from studs who farm commercially, the man behind Okawa Herefords tells Tony Benny.

Sheep

Parasite treatments 'unpredictable'

Sheep clustered together in a holding pen.

Treating ewes with anti-parasite drugs around lambing results in farmers taking a financial hit in almost half of cases, a new study has shown.

Top production in the wind and dry

Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year judges impressed with the winning farm’s high sheep performance in a challenging environment.

Sheep farmer Ike Williams on his South Canterbury property.

Always trying to breed the ultimate animal

Stud sheep breeder Ike Williams wouldn't be farming if it wasn't for the genetics.

cropping

Moet maker on why NZ has it good video

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  Bottles of Moet champagne are seen at the bar on day one of the three day Grand National meeting at Aintree racecourse on April 09, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

And on why you should probably not cellar your Champagne.

Growing kiwifruit the Italian way

The Mafia is just one of the hazards that Zespri's European supply manager Callum Kay has to be aware of.

Anthony and Angela pick a selection for their local farmers’ market.

Demand for heirloom tomatoes growing

An Auckland couple eschews commercial tomato growing for an heirloom harvest and an artisan lifestyle.

agribusiness

Waikato Milking Systems set for international growth

Dean Bell, chief executive of Waikato Milking Systems, stands with some of the company's components.

Waikato Milking Systems is gearing up to double business in the next few years.

Farm land price rises may not last

NZ's farm land values have risen more than most comparable countries in the past 15 years but they may have plateaued an economist has warned.

Ravensdown chief scientific officer Ants Roberts.

Fertiliser companies argue toss over treated urea

Fertiliser companies square off over claims that millions can be saved by using a special stabilised urea, which stops nitrogen from vanishing into thin air.

Discovery

Carbon counting is big job

Researchers Professor Louis Schipper (foreground) and Jack Pronger on the farm test site in Waikato.

Research underway on two farms aims to provide farmers with practical advice on how to best manage their farms to maximise soil carbon stocks.

Non-chemical pest control promising

Research on using non-chemical methods to control potato pests is delivering groundbreaking results.

The plantain moth (Scopula rubraria), a widespread New Zealand native insect that feeds on a range of plants including plantain.

Plantain moth biopesticide closer

The availability of a natural insecticide to fight an emerging agricultural insect pest is a step closer.

rural women

Kahlia gets the job done

Kahlia Fryer won the Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay A&P scholarship at the recent Hawke's Bay Primary Industry Awards

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

Thriving in the best of both worlds

Fonterra Shareholders Councillor Sandra Cordell reveals why she is passionate about the role and the industry.

Horse riding introduced Nicky Hutchinson to show competing and now she is the first female president of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Canty A&P gets first female president

Nicky Hutchinson says gender doesn't matter in her new role as the head of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Video

Sanford closes plant

Mussel processor shuts Christchurch plant at a cost of more than $2m in exit pay, cutting 232 jobs.

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